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Hanane Benkhallouk is a Moroccan American senior consultant with a broad scope of expertise, with 18+ years of professional experience holding senior managerial positions in Fortune 500 companies, government and non-profit organizations.

In Dubai since 2005 coming from New York where she graduated with an MBA in marketing and finance with distinction. She is a neuroleadership coach from the Neuroleadership Institute in New York.

Hanane has been actively involved in human capital development, leadership and entrepreneurship development since her university days, with a focus on women advancement that she is passionate about, but her experience was cultivated further when she was in charge of the entrepreneurship and innovation programs across the Arab World at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation in Dubai.

She runs her own consultancy Sustain Leadership, a boutique management consultancy focused on human centric business strategies, change management and innovation.

Hanane has an extensive experience in human capital development and talent management, designing and delivering a number of learning programs for various financial institutions, the retail industry, and government institutions. She combines both personal development with skill building, as she is also a business coach and a leadership development expert.

Outside of her private consulting work, Hanane Benkhallouk speaks often at regional conferences and writes as a columnist in Harvard Business Review Arabic, and SME advisor magazine. She also sits on the advisory boards of a number of various SMEs and NGOs, and is well-known as a thought leader, an advocate for transformational leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship development, female advancement, and community engagement. Hanane has contributed to regional and global conferences and forums, such as the Women In Leadership Forum, E7 Summit in the UAE as well as the Lean in regional lead conference in silicon valley in the US.

• In March 2019, Hanane Benkhallouk received the Game Changer excellence award by the Middle East institute of excellence.

• She received the Saphira (good image ambassador) award by the Moroccan government in 2016.

• She was also among the recognized contributors, to the Emirates Foundation for youth development, in the presence of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed, minister of foreign affairs of the UAE

• In 2017 she was recognized by the Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Humaid of Ajman for being part of the Pan GCC Leadership program.

• In March 2018, Hanane received Woibex’s Excellence Award for Women Leaders in the Middle East, and in August2018 she received the Woman in Leadership of the year at the Alleem business congress at Sharjah Chamber of commerce.

• Her profile was featured on the World Bank blog series Profiles of the Diaspora. The blog series is related to the World Bank’s Mobilizing the Middle East and North Africa Diaspora for Economic Integration and Entrepreneurship report.

Hanane aspires to contribute to the MENA region’s move towards an innovation and knowledge based economy.

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